My Mideast Punchlines: “dregsy”….

Derek Hatton, the controversial former deputy leader of Liverpool council, has been suspended from the Labour party just two days after being allowed back in after 34 years.

The 71-year-old has been suspended pending an investigation into a tweet he posted in 2012 blaming Jews for Israeli government policy.

The tweet, which resurfaced after he was readmitted to the party on Monday, said: “Jewish people with any sense of humanity need to start speaking out publicly against the ruthless murdering being carried out by Israel!”

biffA cursory look at the facts shows that the only murdering (which implies malice aforethought) is by the Palestinians against Israeli civilians. The Trotskyist Hatton is an odious character dredged up from the past. He used to be the darling of the far Left, who referred to him fondly  as “Degsy“. Now, the dregs of society are a group who you consider to be immoral and of no value. So step forward “Dregsy“.

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My Mideast Punchlines: rotten eggs…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday released a video response to Benny Gantz’s blistering attack against him the previous night, seeking to emphasize his past in an elite military unit.

The Israel Resilience party chief had depicted Netanyahu as an American-trained phony who spent years enjoying the high life in the United States while he, Gantz, was risking his life in the trenches with Israel’s soldiers.

“Benny Gantz, shame on you,” Netanyahu said in the Hebrew-language video, which mostly echoed a written statement released by his office immediately after Gantz’s speech.

“You are attacking me, a soldier and officer in [special forces unit] Sayeret Matkal, who commanded many operations behind enemy lines, who was wounded in the [1972] operation to rescue the hostages of the Sabena plane, who almost lost my life in a shootout in the Suez Canal, who risked my life time after time for our state, which you want to endanger with unilateral withdrawals and support for the dangerous Iran nuclear deal,” he continued.

“And what else are you attacking me for? The English I speak, the English which has been a central tool in our public diplomacy war and which greatly helped me improve our foreign relations to an all-time record,” Netanyahu added.

biffFormer IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz aims to be a gantzer macher (Yiddish for prime mover) in Israeli politics. He wants to unseat Netanyahu in the forthcoming general election. Not this way, Benny. Yes, Bibi has been  in power too long, but your below the belt entry into malodorous Israeli politics has the same whiff of rotten eggs.

My Mideast Punchlines: getting on my wick…

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib may oppose Israel. She may support BDS and support a general boycott of Israel. However, she has no hesitation in using Israeli technology to advance her career. Her website is from Wix.com, which is an Israel-based internet company that powers an enormous number of websites worldwide. Another proud member of BDS is Ahmed Masoud, and, guess what, his website is also Wix-generated.

biffAnd it doesn’t stop there. Practically the whole membership of BDS have websites powered by Wix. Their excuse: “we thought it was Wickes!” Er, no, BDS morons, Wix is a web-builder, not a builders’ merchants.

 

 

My Mideast Punchlines: pass the Enos…

Another day, another squalid Guardian op-ed perpetuating the lie that Israel is an ‘apartheid’ state.

With the Eurovision song contest coming to Israel this spring, anti-Israel BDS activists are in the midst of a massive campaign to smear Israel.

Ever since Israel was tipped to win the 2018 competition with eventual winner Netta Barzilai’s Toy, Eurovision has become the latest battlefield on which the anti-Israel BDS campaign has been fought.  Last month, leading BDS advocate and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters penned an open letter calling on the BBC to urge relocation of the contest to another country.

A few weeks later, one of the cosignatories of that letter, musician Brian Eno, has written an op-ed in the Guardian, calling Israel an “actively repressive apartheid-like state.” The piece, entitled, “Israel must not be allowed to use Eurovision as a propaganda tool,” is a litany of half-truths and decontextualized facts.

It’s sad that this needs to be stated at all, but words have meaning. Apartheid is a legal system in which laws discriminate based on race or ethnicity. There is no dual system of law in Israel for Jewish and Muslim or Arab citizens.

biffEno’s article must be music to the ears of Guardian aficionados. However, we all know that Eno’s are fruit salts providing symptomatic relief of flatulence, nausea and indigestion. In this case, Brian Eno is quite literally an old fart in desperate need of a dose of his own medicine.

My Mideast Punchlines: shu hahda?

A Fatah breakaway group in the Gaza Strip claimed its members have intercepted a shipment of military boots equipped with “secret electronic tracking chips,” that were on their way to market, according to a Palestinian news source.

The shipment of suspicious shoes that came through the Kerem Shalom crossing was sent by the breakaway group to Hamas to examine. Some Palestinian online news sources claimed Hamas said Israel was behind the shipment and was trying to spy on members of the “Palestinian resistance.”

biffShu hahda? (What’s this? in Arabic). Palestinian conspiracy theorists seem to be having a field day. We’ve already had an academic attacking Israeli shrubs and trees for “erasing memory” of other peoples, as well as Israel’s use of animals to attack civilians or conduct espionage. Now it’s boots. Surely, Israel would have gone one step further and filled the heels with explosives instead. The perennial cry of Palestinian victimhood remains ever strong: infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!

 

My Mideast Punchlines: “massacre, massacre!”

Fatah official Jibril Rajoub spoke on Palestinian media on Wednesday, claiming that “in every city in Palestine, from Rafah to Jenin, there is an Israeli Auschwitz to massacre Palestinians.”

This message comes in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Warsaw to attend the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, a US-Poland sponsored event which opened on Wednesday night.

“If there will be cocktail parties and toasts with Netanyahu and the Arabs, we will indeed view it as a mistake and a knife [in the back],” Rajoub, the Fatah Central Committee secretary, said. “They are welcoming Netanyahu in Warsaw in order to remind us of the Holocaust and Auschwitz.”

biffThe Arabs love to employ hyperbole; remember  Arafat blubbing “massacre, massacre” in the Battle of Jenin in 2002? His wild claims of 500 civilians killed was lapped up by the foreign Press. In the end, the correct figure was 54, mostly gunmen, while Israel lost 23 soldiers. Also, Rajoub is a convicted terrorist who has sojourned many times in Israeli jails, so he knows full well that they are more like Pontins holiday camps than the infamous Nazi death camp.

My Mideast Punchlines: monsters in the making…

A declassified document from the United States Government Accountability Office says that schools in Palestinian Authority areas run by UNWRA have an anti-Israel bias, bordering on incitement to violence.

The report was published in 2018 and made available this week to the public after two congress members called for its release.

Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) requested the full report of “West Bank and Gaza: State Monitors Textbook Content but Should Improve Its Reporting to Congress GAO-18-227C: Published: April 26, 2018.” The congressmen commented on the report’s contents in a press release Thursday.

Maths problems found in textbooks were also found to be “problematic” and “not aligned with UN values.” The report explained, “a specific math problem using the number of Palestinian casualties in the first and second intifadas (uprisings) was clearly objectionable.”

“It is unacceptable that the textbooks that are used delegitimise Israel and demonize the Jewish people, it is unacceptable that this program attempts to ingrain this hatred in the hearts of children,” Rep. Zeldin stated. “American’s hard earned money went towards its funding and it is unacceptable that the State Department lied to Congress about these very realities.”

biffWhat, the State Department lie to Congress? Perish the thought. As  with Boko Haram, ISIS and the like, the PA’s mantra is: give me the heart and mind of a child and I will create a monster.

My Mideast Punchlines: monsters in the making…

A declassified document from the United States Government Accountability Office says that schools in Palestinian Authority areas run by UNWRA have an anti-Israel bias, bordering on incitement to violence.

The report was published in 2018 and made available this week to the public after two congress members called for its release.

Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) requested the full report of “West Bank and Gaza: State Monitors Textbook Content but Should Improve Its Reporting to Congress GAO-18-227C: Published: April 26, 2018.” The congressmen commented on the report’s contents in a press release Thursday.

Maths problems found in textbooks were also found to be “problematic” and “not aligned with UN values.” The report explained, “a specific math problem using the number of Palestinian casualties in the first and second intifadas (uprisings) was clearly objectionable.”

“It is unacceptable that the textbooks that are used delegitimise Israel and demonize the Jewish people, it is unacceptable that this program attempts to ingrain this hatred in the hearts of children,” Rep. Zeldin stated. “American’s hard earned money went towards its funding and it is unacceptable that the State Department lied to Congress about these very realities.”

biffWhat, the State Department lie to Congress? Perish the thought. As  with Boko Haram, ISIS and the like, the PA’s mantra is: give me the heart and mind of a child and I will create a monster.

My Mideast Punchlines: gullibility par excellence…

Last week, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee saying — in contradiction to President Trump — that Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal it made with the world powers in 2015.

Apparently what this trio – as well as the entire European Union –failed to notice was that just a few days earlier — Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi disclosed how Iran made a mockery out of the agreement, even to the point of admitting pictures of cement being poured down the Arak plutonium reactor’s core (as required by the agreement) were photoshopped.

Iran did pour concrete down the pipes of the heavy water reactor, but only after procuring new replacement pipes, Salehi revealed in a January 22 interview.

Watch the interview in English by clicking here

Only Salehi and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei knew there were additional pipes, but did not tell anyone else about it.

biffThank God, President Trump, Mossad and Bibi Netanyahu are not as gullible as the dynamic U.S. intelligence trio. Meanwhile Dumb and Dumber (Obama and Kerry) live on in the personae of the three current intelligence chiefs, although perhaps intelligence is stretching things a bit too far.

 

My Mideast Punchlines: true colours..

As Melanie Phillips writes, over the next five years, the tech giant Intel will invest a whopping $11 billion in a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Israel. The investment will be worth around 0.7% of Israel’s gross domestic product and is expected to produce thousands of jobs.

The sweet spot is that in securing this deal, Israel beat off competition from Ireland. For Ireland has become the most extreme Israel-bashing country in the West.

Its Dáil, or parliament, recently gave a first reading to a bill which would make it a serious criminal offense to supply goods or services provided by Israelis in east Jerusalem or the disputed territories of Judea or Samaria.

It is also uniquely vicious. For it wouldn’t just target Israeli “settlers.” It would also mean, for example, that an Irish tourist on a visit to the Western Wall for which he is paying an Israeli tour guide might be arrested when back in Ireland for an offence carrying a potential jail term.

biffYes, folks, this is the same Ireland that is shooting itself in the foot over Brexit. Is their no limit to their infantile behaviour? In essence, the Israel-bashing boils down to colours. You see, the Palestinian flag has green in it. So what better excuse for the Irish (and Irish-heritage Celtic supporters in Scotland) to support the Palestinians? Meanwhile, it’s made the Prods blue in the face, so they, naturally, support Israel’s cause. So all those jokes you hear about the Irish have a basis in reality. It’s enough to make a Leprechaun cry into his cups, begorrah!